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South Asian Studies (MA) (60EC)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for South Asian Studies at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2021-2022 academic year. 

For this specific master’s programme this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme in September 2021 and can start the master’s programme. You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 30 September 2021 at the latest. 

This option does not apply to non-EER students who are following a Bachelor abroad due to visa restrictions.

What do you need to do?

Enrol on and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):

  1. Fill in this form before 15 June.
  2. Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
  3. Request admission in uSis before the relevant deadline (check the Application deadlines page)
  4. Re-enrol for the bachelor’s before 1 September for a maximum of one month.

Check with your Bachelor study advisor if you can make use of this option.

Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2021 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 30 September 2021 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.

You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 30 September 2021 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.

The admission requirements are slightly different depending on the month in which you start the MA programme. 

Click here for the September requirements.

Click here for the February requirements.

Diploma requirements

Please note: The following admission requirements hold for students starting the MA in September.

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university with specialisation: South and Southeast Asian Studies

Please note: The following admission requirements hold for students starting the MA in February.

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university with specialisation: South and Southeast Asian Studies

The Faculty Board may, on request, grant admission to applicants who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Faculty Board that they possess a level of knowledge, understanding and skills equal to that of holders of a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in South and Southeast Asian Studies;

You should meet the following requirements:

  • the bachelor’s degree is in the field of humanities or social sciences,
  • you should have knowledge of the nature and role of as well as the ability to analyse and report on academic inquiry in the humanities or social sciences.
  • you should have completed components at the bachelor’s level (which may include the thesis) equivalent to at least 30 credits on the history, art, culture, politics, society and/or economy of one or more South Asian countries or regions.

Language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:

  • IELTS:    7.0 
  • TOEFL (internet-based):  100 
  • C1 Advanced (former CAE) 185

For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.

English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old! 

  • IELTS: academic modules only 
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined). The sufficient score must be obtained in one individual test. Also not accepted are institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We are able to accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission to the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

>> Go to the next step: Step 2: Check the application deadlines

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